The Don Martin - Jeff Smelser - Mark J. Ward Discussion on
I Corinthians 14:34,35
The following is brother Jeff Smelser's next in the exchange on the true meaning and application of I Corinthians 14:34,35 today.
Subject: Re: I Corinthians 14:34,35
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 19:34:22 -0400
From: "Jeff Smelser" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>
Jeff Smelser to Mark Ward and Don Martin,
Mark, you asked,
> Jeff, instead of "K" in some of
> your answers wherein you ask us to look at a previous answer
> you gave.which "letter" did you mean to type? THANKS.
It seems I have as much trouble with the alphabet as I do with taking turns!
Anyway, thanks for catching my mistake. In response to your questions I, J,
and K, I meant to refer the reader to my response to your question "H".
In questions H - K, you asked about a woman asking a question outside the
assembly and directing her question to someone other than her husband. You
made the particular woman and the particular person to whom she might pose
her question vary. But in each case, you asked if such were wrong. My
response to question "H" was as follows:
No, it is not wrong. Paul's words, "let them ask their own husbands at
home" are as in 1 Corinthians 11:34, where Paul wrote, "If any man
is hungry, let him eat at home." This was not to say that home
is the only place a man could satisfy his hunger. But it was to
say that a man should not construe the Lord's Supper as a meal to
satisfy hunger, that there are other occasions where it is appropriate to
satisfy hunger, and Paul mentioned the most obvious: "at home". So
also in 1 Corinthians 14:35. Paul does not mean to say that a woman
may not privately ask one of the elders, or an older woman, or whomever.
But he makes it clear that she should not ask her question in the assembly,
that there are others besides the assembled church to whom she can
address her question, and Paul mentions the most obvious: her husband.
Thanks again for noting my mistake and giving me the opportunity to correct it.
(from MARS-List Digest 4069, April 7, 2003)
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[Editors Note: This is one of the most in-depth, comprehensive studies between brethren on the issue of whether the women in the "b" part of verse 35 of I Corinthians 14:34,35 is "all women", including women today, or whether those women were only the "prophets wives". We hope all readers will continue to study all Bible topics with open minds, willing to conform to God's Truth. Thanks for reading! - Mark J. Ward firstname.lastname@example.org]
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